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USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3706

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Check out today’s Step 1 Qmax Question Challenge.

Know the answer? Post it below! Don’t forget to check back for an update with the correct answer and explanation (we’ll post it in the comments section below).

USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3706A 52-year-old woman presents with new-onset jaundice. After extensive work-up, a liver biopsy is called for. The histologic section is shown in the image. The cells indicated by the arrows are most likely undergoing which of the following processes?

A. Apoptosis
B. Caseous necrosis
C. Coagulative necrosis
D. Fat necrosis
E. Liquefactive necrosis

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Mnemonic Monday: 7 Cute Ladies- Mnemonics for the Patient Interview

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By Molly Lewis

Whether you are a first year in Physical Diagnosis class, a second year in Continuity Clinic, a third year seeing consults, or an attending deciding if a patient needs emergency surgery, taking a complete history is a key aspect of patient care. How can you remember everything you need to ask? Try a mnemonic!

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Viscerosomatics for the COMLEX Made Easy: SLP SKU BLP

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By Ryan Nguyen

Viscerosomatic reflexes (VSR’s) account for up to 20% of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment questions for COMLEX examinations. While VSR’s for the head and neck (T1-4), heart (T1-4), and respiratory tract (T2-7) may make intuitive sense for most DO students, the rest of the visceral organs and corresponding spinal level are easy to confuse. However, these points can be easily memorized with a little effort in order to boost COMLEX Level 1 scores.

Savarese’s OMT Review (“the green book”) provides a chart of all the relevant VSR’s that may be tested on the COMLEX (3rd edition, chapter 10), but there is a better way to ensure you are maximizing your OMT section points on test day: SLP SKU BLP.

What does SLP SKU BLP mean, exactly? Besides the delirious ramblings of second-year deep in board preparation, SLP SKU BLP is a mnemonic I used to increase scores on the OMT portion of my COMLEX Level 1 exam. Each of the letters represents a visceral organ that is linked to spinal cord levels that innervate that viscera. The following table highlights the relationship between these organs and their spinal levels:

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USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3702

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Check out today’s Step 1 Qmax Question Challenge.

Know the answer? Post it below! Don’t forget to check back for an update with the correct answer and explanation (we’ll post it in the comments section below).

USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3702An electron micrograph of two adjacent cells is shown in the image.

Which of the following is the most likely function of the dark band-like structures at the center of the image?

A. To allow for passage of small molecules and electrolytes
B. To anchor the two adjacent cells
C. To prevent luminal contents from entering the intercellular space
D. To produce proteins that are destined to be secreted, to be included in the plasma membrane or lysosomes
E. To provide structural support and bind epithelium to underlying tissues

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Advice for a Worried Student at Midnight

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By Luke Murray

Advice for a Worried Student at MidnightI was all tucked into bed, dressed professionally in my fleece-tuxedo pajamas (I’m a huge Dumb & Dumber fan). Just as I’m about to fall asleep, my phone rings.11:30 pm.

It’s a pharmacy student in New York. She was in her second semester of her first year, and she was struggling. Despite a strong first semester, she had bombed the first two of the five tests that make up her grades. We talked until past midnight about her situation, but the number one thing that I suggested she do was by far the hardest:

Do Not Freak Out. (more…)

Deep Vein Thrombosis Risk Factors

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By Joe Savarese

Deep Vein Thrombosis Risk FactorsThe other day, while I was procrastinating from studying the intricacies of congestive heart failure, I pulled out my phone to browse social media and news outlets for something exciting (don’t judge, we all are pros at this). I came across an article about famous NBA Miami Heat basketball player, Chris Bosh, who recently suffered a blood clot that travelled to his lungs. While much has not been released about the origin of his blood clots, we know he likely experienced a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) that travelled to his lungs causing a pulmonary embolism (PE). Like a good medical student, this brought me back on track to challenge myself regarding the major risk factors of DVTs, as well as common clinical presentation and appropriate work-up.

Let’s start with the risk factors. You may already be familiar with Virchow’s triad (endothelial injury, venous stasis, and hypercoagulability), which serves as the mechanism that puts patients at an increased risk for DVTs. Here is a mnemonic to summarize the key risk factors, appropriately titled CHRIS BOSH. A more detailed list of other risk factors can be found on Medscape’s website (DVT Etiology and Risk Factors). (more…)

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